Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Toddler Room

I've been in mourning since Sunday when my computer broke. A certain son of mine may have been doing his usual streaking around the house after getting out of the bath, and of all the luck, he took the freedom of being nude to empty his bladder. Right on my computer.

The good news is I've had a lot more free time without the internet sucking so much of my life away. For the past few months I've had the quote, "If not now, when?" in my head. It's kind of turned into my theme for 2012. Especially when it comes to getting things done around the house.

I think it started when I realized there were a bunch of dumb little things to do that I kept putting off. A clock had been shoved in the closet that I meant to hang months ago, those smelly blankets I kept telling myself I'd wash, the frayed curtains that needed a little touching up. There were things all over  screaming at me to be done, so I finally decided to start tackling all my neglected projects.

Among the house projects, Eli's new room has been the least neglected. We still have a few more things to do, but I had to share his bookshelf with you because I'm so proud to have something finally completely done in his room!
Eli's room has been so time consuming because almost everything is either homemade or had to be altered to fit the colors. I designed the Dr. Seuss quote, painted the letter "E," painted the bookshelf, made the orange baskets out of diaper boxes and made the bean bag (that still needs to be filled a bit more).

One of my first projects for this room was making new window seat covers. For being an amateur seamstress, I was impressed with how well they turned out.
I also designed this picture that's hanging above Eli's bed. I wasn't sure if I liked it after I brought it home, but I hung it up anyway. When Eli saw it hanging on the wall he screamed "AIRPLANE!" for about a half hour. He has a friend come over every week, and every week Eli has to show his friend his airplane and they both go crazy over it. It makes me feel like all my hard work is worth it to see the little boys enjoying Eli's new room so much.
Over the last year, whenever people would come see our house and I would take them in this room (it was the office), I always told them it was my least favorite room in the house. I had no direction for it and I did not care about it at all. It's been fun to transform it into something I love. Now whenever I go in there I linger because I love it so much. It's such a fun room and I think it perfectly suits a toddler -- which is exactly what I wanted.

We still need to put up some rain gutter bookshelves and finish decorating a shelf. Then the daunting project of Eli's new room will finally be finished! Thank goodness!


Klarissa said...

I am so excited to see Eli's cute room in person now! I especially love the Seuss quote!

Rebecca said...

This is so cute.

You're hired to decorate our new house. (And by "hired" I mean the only payment you'll receive is the pride in your heart of knowing you've done a job well. That's okay with you, right?)

Laura and Ben said...

Way to go! You have such a talent.

Eric and Justine said...

Have you heard of a pee pee tee pee for the wee weeing pee pee? haha I dont think it would work for his age but it might be useful for your next little man.
That room could go in a freakin magazine. You did an incredible job. I can only hope that I can come up with something half that creative. Huge cutos to you for making everything! Go Sarah!

Ben, Tana, B.A., and Dirk said...

I love the bedroom, so cute. I think it is a perfect toddler room. I am trying to picture in my mind where he peed on your computer. Did he climb up on the coffee table or real table and pee? Or was your computer on the ground? It makes a funny mental image if it was on a counter. Are you getting a replacement or did it dry out?

jlthomas said...

Loved the computer story, and even though I laughed out loud I'm sorry for your loss. And that room is ADORABLE! Please come to Nebraska and help decorate my house! I'm so impressed! And diaper boxes, I would've never guessed!!! I've been wanting to do rain gutter book shelves for awhile maybe I just need to get on it. You're an inspiration Sarah!

David and Mary said...

I love Eli's room.. it is turning out so cute. The rain gutter book shelves will be so cute.